The City of Oxnard was incorporated on June 30, 1903. Covering an area of just over 39 miles, of which 70% is land, Oxnard is the most populous city in Ventura County, with a population of over 205,000 in 2014.
Oxnard's namesake is Harry T. Oxnard, who opened a beet factory in 1899 and taught local farmers the ins and outs of growing sugar beets. The land for the factory was purchased from Thomas S. Rice (of Rice Avenue fame) and the first plant manager was Major J. A. Driffill, who later became mayor.
There's plenty to see and do in Oxnard, and we've summed up some of our favorite activities below.
The Mullin Automotive Museum houses a spectacular display of French art deco cars from the 1930s and 1940s. Open to the public only a few days each month, this is a Ventura County must-see.
Located in downtown is a restored Woolworth Building that was originally completed in 1950. The building is occupied with an eatery and offices but the lobby is home to an informal Woolworth Museum full of vintage Woolworth items.
Great beaches in Oxnard include Mandalay Shores, Hollywood Beach and Silver Strand Beach, which are highlighted at THIS LINK.
Speaking of beaches, Oxnard Beach Park is a nice park with a pirate-themed, accessible playground area, large grassy area, restrooms and quick access to the beach.
The Channel Islands Maritime Museum located at the Channel Island Harbor is home to world class maritime art, ship models and other maritime items. Admission is free the 3rd Thursday of the month.
Channel Islands Harbor is a great place to beat the heat with the family, offering a variety of activities, such as fishing trips, boat cruises (like the Scarlette Belle), eateries, water sports, shopping and special events year-round.
There's a nice bike path in Oxnard that takes you from Oxnard Beach Park to Channel Islands Harbor that we enjoy from time to time.
The Henry T. Oxnard Historic District is located on F and G Streets, between Palm and 5th Streets. The area was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. Most of the 144 historic homes and buildings in the area were built before 1925 and includes Mission/Spanish revival, bungalow/craftsman and Colonial Revival architecture.
A great time to check out the Historic Oxnard District is during the two weeks preceding Christmas each year, when dozens and dozens of residents decorate their homes in lights and holiday decor for Christmas Tree Lane.
The Oxnard Performing Arts Center hosts concerts, musicals, speakers and other performances year-round. At over 1,600 seats, it is one of the largest venues in Ventura County and is a performance venue for the New West Symphony.
The Collection at RiverPark is an outdoor shopping center located on the northeast side of the 101 between the Oxnard and Vineyard exits. The 650,000 sq ft center includes a combination of entertainment, retail, restaurants, open space with fountains, parks and playgrounds and quality art. Activities at The Collection include The Painted Cabernet, Color Me Mine Ceramics Studio, Movie Theater and soon, Levity Live Comedy Club.
Something we have to be extremely thankful for here in Ventura County is the endless supply of strawberries grown on the Oxnard Plain. The annual California Strawberry Festival held the 3rd weekend of May each year in Oxnard showcases our favorite local fruit!
Swing for the fences at Who's on First Batting Cages in Oxnard. What's on second? I don't know's on third. Who? First base.
The Carnegie Art Museum was originally constructed in 1906 with funds provided by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. This neo-classical structure houses the City of Oxnard's public art collection and special exhibits and hosts family art events and more.
Paintball USA on West Gonzalez Avenue in Oxnard offers excitement to weekend warriors.
The Murphy Auto Museum is another Ventura County must-see collection of over 60 vintage and classic cars, a huge 1800 sq ft model railroad display, visiting exhibits and more.
River Ridge Golf Course is a public golf course offering two 18-hole courses as well as footgolf!
Channel Islands Ice Center offers year-round public skating in Oxnard as well as skating instruction, ice hockey, figure skating, shows and more.
Skateboarders and in-line skaters are on a roll at the City of Oxnard Bedford Pinkard Skate Park near Channel Islands High School. Pinkard is a former City Council member who was a supporter of many youth and community programs.
First Thursdays Food Trucks at Plaza Park in Oxnard is a popular gastronomic destination.
The Elite Theatre Company, recently relocated to the Channel Islands Harbor, Fisherman's Wharf, is host to musicals, plays, comedies and more.
The Dallas Cowboys have held Summer Training Camp for a number of years at River Ridge Fields at Oxnard's Marriott Residence Inn. Practices and scrimmages taking place in August are open to the public and free of charge. Check for updates at www.dallascowboys.com/trainingcamp.